Former Agriculture Minister Sawicki returns to government
March 17, 2014
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski will appoint Marek Sawicki as the new Agriculture Minister on Monday, deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Friday.
Sawicki of junior coalition partner Polish People’s party (PSL) will replace party colleague Stanislaw Kalemba, who stepped down on Thursday over problems with compensating farmers hit by problems resulting from the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) cases in Poland.
Sawicki was previously agriculture minister between 2007 and 2012
Kalemba's departure is a blow for the party ahead of the European Parliament elections, but pressure to dismiss the minister was mounting within party ranks due to what they described as inability to handle the ASFcrisis, Polish media wrote citing PSL politicians.
However, the resignation may have to do with intra-party power struggle and the fact that Kalemba is perceived as a supporter of former PSL leader Waldemar Pawlak, who lost leadership elections to Piechocinski, the daily Polska The Times wrote.
Forcing Kalemba to resign was supposed to strengthen Piechocinski's position within the party, which is described as weak by party insiders, PSL politicians said.